11 Prescription Foods To Cure Your Illnesses

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Why take pills if you can eat these 11 everyday foods that can help cure most common illnesses?

See what kind of foods you can eat to cure these illnesses:

#1 MUSCLE ACHE

The Solution: Tart cherries—one cup, or two glasses of juice, daily, before and during exercise

The Science: Contains the same anti-inflammatory enzymes as ibuprofen, without the potential kidney and stomach-related side effects.

#2 MEMORY LOSS

The Solution: Sunflower seeds—a quarter cup daily

The Science: These vitamin E-loaded seeds will protect the neurons in your brain from oxidative stress, which means you keep your memory longer.

#3 WEAR MUSCLES

The Solution: Apples—one daily

The Science: Leave the peel on—it’s full of ursolic acid, which fuels the production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin, two hormones important in building muscle.

#4 LACK OF FOCUS

The Solution: Eggs—one daily

The Science: Eggs are packed with choline, a nutrient that boosts the brain’s ability to relay commands to the rest of your body while also maintaining the structure of your brain’s cell membranes.

#5 AGING SKIN

The Solution: Oranges—one daily, or six ounces of juice

The Science: Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, the protein that keeps skin elastic.

#6 DEPRESSION

The Solution: Brown rice—one cup of cooked rice daily

The Science: Carbs help regulate the production of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter in controlling mood and suppressing anxiety. A complex carb like brown rice will give you the best high-carb-low-cal combo.

#7 INSOMNIA

The Solution: Chicken—four ounces daily

The Science: Tryptophan is often associated with turkey, but chicken contains more of the amino acid that helps the body produce the sleep-friendly hormone melatonin.

#8 PUFFY EYES

The Solution: Green tea—one cup daily, after a meal

The Science: The puffiness that creates dark circles under your eyes is often caused by fluid retention. Green tea is a diuretic that’ll reduce unwanted swelling all over your body.

#9 UPSET STOMACH

The Solution: Peppermints—one or two after dinner

The Science: Peppermint has long been associated with aiding digestion and has also been shown to soothe inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. Peppermint tea also works.

#10 LOW ENERGY

The Solution: Bananas—one daily

The Science: The potassium-packed fruit is also a great source of magnesium, a key element in producing and storing energy.

#11 ANXIETY

The Solution: Peanuts—a quarter cup daily

The Science: If you’re not producing enough gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), your brain is more prone to let anxiety run wild. Peanuts are one of the best (and tastiest) sources of glutamine, the amino acid needed to make GABA.

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